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post #21 of 34 Old 01-07-2013, 02:38 PM
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What is the purpose of a bareback pad?
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post #22 of 34 Old 01-07-2013, 02:40 PM
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What is the purpose of a bareback pad?
To keep your butt clean.

With a higher quality pad, such as the Baretek, it also offers some additional shock absorption for horse and rider, and perhaps additional security.
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What is the purpose of a bareback pad?
easier on your bum :)

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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All these people who are so adamant on no stirrups... have you used one personally? Have you personally seen them do damage? I'm going to bet 98% of you haven't and that your arguments are hear say. Don't knock it til you've tried it. Stirrups are not bad!!! Like all tack in the wrong hands it can be dangerous but when used correctly they are quite nice to have around. And again I will reiterate, treeless saddle stirrups also cause the same pressure point due to the fact there is no tree to distribute the weight. But plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a treeless just like plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a bareback pad with stirrups. If we are going to go "no stirrups" then you might as well forget treeless or bareback all together since they both can cause pressure points and make the horse uncomfortable or sore.
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Yes, I have known people who have gotten dragged and died riding in those kinds of pads.
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I would say appearance, as the strings are thin suede, but I haven't ever tried... I imagine the average rider wouldn't be spending hours in the Baretek like I do, so wouldn't need saddle bags. There is room on the back for a small cantle bag, however, and rear D rings, so depending on how yours attaches it could work.
I ride long hours on my pad too. I like taking a canteen and lunch sometimes, but have nowhere to put that....
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I ride long hours on my pad too. I like taking a canteen and lunch sometimes, but have nowhere to put that....
You could definitely attach a canteen to one of the D rings. And a small lunch would fit in a cantle bag.
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Yes, I have known people who have gotten dragged and died riding in those kinds of pads.
This is why I always advise the use of safety stirrup whenever someone has an older closed-ring style treeless saddle. Sadly, not an option with a bareback pad that has stirrups....... dangerous.
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Yes, I have known people who have gotten dragged and died riding in those kinds of pads.
I used one with stirrups as a teenager and got tangled up in the stirrups when I fell off once. I wasn't dragged, but it definitely scared me. I thought, "what are stirrups for anyway, if you can't use them to get on?"
I had no training, didn't know how or why to post, and usually ended up kicking them off anyway, so I just removed them from my pad.

That's part of why I don't like saddles. I feel safer on a bareback pad, which everyone tells me is nuts. But, with a bareback pad, if you fall off, you just slide away from the horse with nothing in which to get caught. I have fallen off my horse recently (don't talk on your cell phone while riding, LOL!), I was on my pad, and I just slid to the ground standing up. My horse stopped right next to me, allowing me to lean on her. Course, I might not have fallen off if I was in a saddle. Hard to say...

I am not sure what I would do with stirrups if I had them, but I have always hated them to be honest.
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You could definitely attach a canteen to one of the D rings. And a small lunch would fit in a cantle bag.

And it won't pull the Baretek to one side?
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I used one with stirrups as a teenager and got tangled up in the stirrups when I fell off once. I wasn't dragged, but it definitely scared me. I thought, "what are stirrups for anyway, if you can't use them to get on?"
I had no training, didn't know how or why to post, and usually ended up kicking them off anyway, so I just removed them from my pad.

That's part of why I don't like saddles. I feel safer on a bareback pad, which everyone tells me is nuts. But, with a bareback pad, if you fall off, you just slide away from the horse with nothing in which to get caught. I have fallen off my horse recently (don't talk on your cell phone while riding, LOL!), I was on my pad, and I just slid to the ground standing up. My horse stopped right next to me, allowing me to lean on her. Course, I might not have fallen off if I was in a saddle. Hard to say...

I am not sure what I would do with stirrups if I had them, but I have always hated them to be honest.
EXACTLY!!! I had to laugh when I read the post about "if you're riding right you don't use your stirrups." What are they for then??? I too feel so much safer without stirrups and without a saddle. When I was young I was riding a mutton withered draft cross around a jump course... he started bucking and spinning and I lost my balance and tried to save myself by putting weight in my stirrups.... needless to say, the saddle went under his belly and I came off. I have never trusted an ill-fitting saddle since. If I'm riding someone else's horse with their ill-fitting tack that slips, I will kick my feet out of the stirrups and ride that way. And I always use a breastplate with a treeless saddle.

Anyway, to answer your question, I doubt a canteen would cause the saddle to slide, unless your canteen holds several gallons. After all, your butt is on the Baretek. The Baretek is very secure, especially if you add a breastplate. Of course I wouldn't pull myself up on my horse using the Baretek, but I've never had side to side slippage problems with the Baretek pad itself. The wrong pad under it might cause the pad to slip if the horse has a physical imbalance, such as asymmetrical muscling.... does that make sense? I can't rootch the Baretek to one side or the other like I can by leaning in one stirrup on a treed saddle. I have had it slide back on a very high withered horse, but again the correct underpad fixed that issue.
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